Jonathan Davis, formerly an architect and urban designer, is a London-based artist who works from his studio in Finsbury Park.
His practice is predominantly two dimensional abstract painting in colour and monochrome using mixed media - metallic mineral gouache, watercolour and acrylic paint, graphite, charcoal on paper and found objects on canvas and boards.
During 2017 Davis developed his work from predominantly aesthetic propositions - in which he explored processes that provide conditions that help control chance outcomes or the development of painterly phenomena - to works that incorporate text fragments and other visual references to questions about contemporary culture and politics.
His latest series ‘For it is Written’ stems from Jonathan’s questions about identity, nationhood, contemporary UK and historic German political discourse, symbols and follows a two year period of reflection. An ongoing series of experimental work which began in 2016 with the title ‘A Stranger in My Own Country’ (the title borrowed from Hans Fallada’s 1944 prison diaries), lies at the foundation of this work.